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succumb

verb [I] uk   /səˈkʌm/ formal us  
C2 to lose the determination to oppose something; to accept defeat: The town finally succumbed last week after being pounded with heavy artillery for more than two months. I'm afraid I succumbed to temptation and had a piece of cheesecake. I felt sure it would only be a matter of time before he succumbed to my charms. C2 to die or suffer badly from an illness: Thousands of cows have succumbed to the disease in the past few months.
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